give (one) pause

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give (one) pause

To cause one to take a moment to consider something; to cause one to hesitate. I'd love to buy a house, but the fact that I'd have to completely deplete my savings account to do it gives me pause. That statistic should give everyone pause.
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give someone pause (for thought)

Fig. to cause someone to stop and think. When I see a golden sunrise, it gives me pause for thought. Witnessing an accident is likely to give all of us pause.
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give pause

Cause one to hesitate, as in The high monthly installment payments gave me pause, or, as Shakespeare put it in Hamlet (3:1): "For in that sleep of death what dreams may come ... Must give us pause." [c. 1600]
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But, Malala, if life on Earth is to survive, your message might yet give them pause.
NEW YORK -- With unemployment edging up, consumers remain uncertain about the direction of the economy, which may give them pause in spending over the summer season, analysts say.
But that leaves the question of why the more precise methods of modern gene splicing should give them pause.
Keeping residents safe is one of their highest priorities, and a recent tragedy in Missouri could give them pause to reexamine their facilities' fire safety measures.
The NFL still has some design concerns - such as signage modifications - but Judd assured the panel that he couldn't think of anything that would give them pause.
However, his equally interesting, but less fully developed, view of the period from the Land War to the Great War should give them pause.